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Emily Sadowski (L) and Suvette and Frankie Gerolium at the soda fountain

Emily Sadowski (L) and Suvette and Frankie Gerolium at the soda fountain

Mantua - A soda fountain in a building with a railroad theme, complete with caboose in front. What does it all mean?  Probably it means that, if there was a train station, then there likely was a diner nearby (diners frequently had soda fountains).  Possibly nostalgia is tied heavily to these two different themes and putting them together is one way of saving both.   We know from prior investigation that soda fountains were originally attached to pharmacies from the beginning because, way back when, soda water was thought to have medicinal properties.  Later, flavorings began to be added to disguise the terrible taste of various medicines procured at the pharmacy. But what is the railroad connection? Is there a railroad connection? Other than the obvious—that Mantua was a stop on the railroad thus a railroad town—were soda fountains placed in Railway stations?  Note to self……Must do some more investigation on that, as there appears to be no obvious connection.

One of the two soda fountains that are still in existence in our readership area is in the front of the store at Mantua Station Drugs on Rt. 44 opposite the High School.  Co-owner Norm Sadowski says that they had it installed when they built the building.  It originally came from Quaker Square in Akron when they were renovating.  According to Norm, ‘The Quaker Square people didn’t know what they were going to do with it; we made a bid on it and they sold it to us lock stock and barrel.  I felt that, historically, pharmacies had soda fountains and we wanted to preserve that historic, antique quality in our new pharmacy.  To be sure it is not exactly a profit maker, but for history’s sake we wanted to have it as part of our store.  We’ve gone through three of the old coke machines.  When the parts wear out, we can’t get new parts, so we have to find a newer machine to replace it.  A few days ago the antique milk shake mixer bit the dust.  We had to put in a modern one. If I find another antique one, though, I’ll pick it up!”

The soda fountain history in Mantua goes back to before Mantua Station Drugs.  Historically, there was a drug store in town across from the old post office on Prospect Street.  Bob Zoller, the owner, had a soda fountain. Bob passed away in 1994.  Bill Zoller, Bob’s son, noted that Bob opened the store on August 13, 1955, and it was called the Mantua Pharmacy.  The newspaper advertising of the day flashed, “Complete prescriptions, tobacco, cameras, candy First Aid needs”, and “New Self Service”.  It also flashed out “Visit our soda fountain specializing in Borden’s Ice Cream”. The ads were followed by the words “Immediately, Accurately, and Economically”. I assume that those words referred to the pharmaceuticals but hey, maybe people wanted a soda immediately, accurately and economically too.   Previous to that Bob had owned Hoard’s Pharmacy in Kent, sold it in 1952, and then bought Triangle Pharmacy in Ravenna. While driving through Mantua on the way to a fishing trip at Punderson he correctly reckoned that this would be a great place to open a new pharmacy. Though there was a small drug store already in existence, it carried little inventory and often had to rely on Bob at Triangle in Ravenna to fill prescriptions.

The soda fountain that was installed in Zoller’s then  – new  pharmacy in 1955 came out of an Akron Hospital when they were remodeling.  “It was a five stool soda fountain, or was it a six?  I’ll have to think on that” say Zoller.    According to son Bill, “A lot of stories were passed over that fountain.  A lot of the history that I heard about Mantua, I heard as a young person in the soda fountain.  I worked there ever since I was old enough to see over the counter, worked after school, after sports.  I was the oldest of the Zoller children. I worked the soda fountain.  Even after I began working in the trucking industry I would take my kids there on a Sunday and get them what they wanted.  Usually when they spent time with grandma and grandpa I was out washing the windows on the store.  We used to sell Borden’s Ice cream—good stuff!!  We had those Stewart infrared sandwiches when they first came out– that was a big seller.” (Stewart Sandwiches were an early attempt at fast food.  They were precooked, frozen, then warmed up by infrared lights in the little oven and served to you usually in about 2-3 minutes. It wasn’t quite like hot off the grill, but they were popular. They had a distinctive taste probably peculiar to infrared heating. I remember them from Aurora Lake when I worked there in the 1960’s).   “I’ve got the old soda fountain cash register out in the garage”, he says.  “Someday I’ll have it restored and put it down in my rec room”. Bob Zoller retired in 1978 and sold the Pharmacy to Norm Sadowski and Rick Wiggers.

According to Norm, “We built the new place and had the soda fountain installed up front. Though it is not exactly a great money maker it is a show piece of the store and the community. On Sunday after church, people would bring their kids in for a cherry coke—a treat.  Evelyn Benner frequently comes to the counter and orders a caramel shake. When we first opened the store, a guy would bring his 80 year old father in on Sundays to have a soda.  He would sit and spin on the seats and say, “Well, that’s what we would do in the old days. Why not do it now?”

Not all the employees are skilled at running the soda fountain.  Emily Sadowsky generally works the fountain except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Terry Wakefield is the soda fountain’s other designated person.  “We currently sell Velvet ice cream which is made in Ohio”, she says.  “We have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and the usual sundae toppings and can make anything you ask for. We have the typical root beer floats, coke floats, black cows, and Boston Coolers– a Boston Cooler is ginger ale mixed with ice cream. Sarsaparilla is pronounced saspirella. There is a difference between saspirella, root beer and birch beer. (She gave me some samples, and believe me, there is a difference.  I did not care for the Birch Beer—it has a really sharp taste much more powerful than root beer.) Norm pipes up, “Mr. Hires was a pharmacist. One day he walking through town and noticed a type of dirt that was being dug up at a construction site and it seemed to take the stains off clothes.  He marketed it and used the profits to develop his Hires root beer formula.  If you taste the different root beers you will notice distinct differences.  A & W is more creamy and frothy while Hires is not.”

 

If you have memories, stories, pictures of some of the soda fountains that no longer exist please call me, mail me at THE VILLAGER, 8088 Main Street, Garrettsville 44231. E-mail me at Skipstaxidermy@yahoo.com or give me a call at 330-562-9801. I’d like to hear from you and include these in our Soda Fountain feature.

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DSCF1506Middlefield – Middlefield Activities Committee held their Annual Summerfest this past Saturday and it went off without a hitch. In past years, the event was held at the Municipal Center, this year it was moved to Harrington Square Mall Parking Lot. They roped off a section of the far parking lot for venders, creating a make- shift midway that housed plenty of vendors, an inflatable slide and a bounce house.

First thing, Saturday morning was the Amish Buggy Classic 5k Road Race. The race had 58 runners, who ran a fun course while dodging the road apples.

Later in the day, the parade stepped off from Jordak Elementary School with Middlefield Police Department’s Officer Erin Thomas and Sergeant Brandon Savage as parade marshals. The parade had a variety of participants including the AL Koran cars and motor bikes, Cardinal High School Marching Band, local businesses with decorated floats, Huntsburg Pumpkin Queen, St. Helen’s Unicycle Drill Team, fire trucks, veterans and more. It was a great day for a parade.

Following the parade, the midway officially opened, where one could find plenty of good food, crafts and locally grown plants. Amish made kettle corn was a hit as well as the lemonade shake-ups. One could also find fries, funnel cakes, pizza and just about any other fair type food that tickled their fancy.

The fun did not end with the parade. The kids could be found in the bounce house and on the inflatable slide or they were waiting their turn to ride the barrel train Mark the Magician was on hand to entertain the youngsters with his magic and Jungle Terry wowed the boys and girls with his wild  menagerie. If that wasn’t enough, they also had Petunia, the balloon artist, creating her magic with balloons, rocket car rides and later in the day, they had Dialed Action Sports BMX Show scheduled as well.

The adults could participate in or watch the corn hole tournament, listen to live music by “Round to Its” band and see who would be named Middlefield’s Most Talented Person.  Speaking of Middlefield’s Most Talented Person, Isabelle Macek took top honors in the contest and won $150 for her singing ability.

It was a great day for the community to come together and have fun, which they did. The grand finale` of the day was a wonderful fireworks display.

 

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Mantua - The Rotary Club of Mantua would like to invite the public to meet, and listen to Julie Thompson speak of the 1935 “Last great train robbery” by Alvin “Creepy” Karpis  in Garrettsville, and how it relates to the first arrest made by J. Edgar Hoover, and catapulted Hoover and his G-Men into national prominence, and helped secure the school mascot name to the G-Men.  Karpis is known for using an airplane from Port Clinton to assist with his getaway.   Julie Thompson is also responsible for an Ohio historic plaque erected at the train depot in Garrettsville this spring.  This is a dinner event at the Hilltop Church in Mantua, and starts at 6:15pm, the cost is $8.00., and you must reregister for the dinner by June 20th, or you may skip the dinner and show up to hear Julie speak at 6:50pm for free.  To register for the dinner call:330-351-3035

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Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” had the answer. The difference is in how it’s processed. All rice grows with a husk, which is always removed, and a layer of bran. White rice has had its bran removed, whereas brown rice remains intact. Converted rice is white rice, but, before it’s processed, it’s steamed, so some of the nutrients from the bran are forced into the kernel. The steaming turns the rice a kind of yellow color, and makes it a little healthier than white rice, though not as healthy as brown rice.

A blogger on Agricultured.org taste-tested brown, white, and converted rice [http://www.agricultured.org/brown-white-and-converted-rice/]. She found that converted rice has a pleasant texture and a milder flavor than brown rice while still being more flavorful than white rice. It’s also less sticky than both brown and white rice. She suggests using converted rice in the crockpot. Since it cooks faster than brown rice but slower than white rice, it will cook more evenly but won’t get soggy.

Uncle Ben’s is a popular brand of converted rice that most people are probably familiar with. According to Julia Child’s “The Way to Cook,” “converted rice” is actually a patented term, and it’s more commonly known as parboiled rice, which may be why our patron hadn’t heard of it.

 

For answers to your questions, visit the Newton Falls Public Library, 204 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls or phone 330-872-1282. For information about all the free library programs or hours, visit our website at www.newtonfalls.org or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NewtonFallsLibrary.

 

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Noelle Clark Akin is the Director of Communications and Education at Petitti Garden Center. She has twelve years in the Green Industry, and has instructed and assisted gardeners all over Northeast Ohio through her work in Petitti Garden Center’s retail stores. Outside speaking engagements and filling in for Angelo Petitti in his absence on his NewsNet5 television segments and weekly WTAM radio show, has made Noelle an expert in her field.

Noelle’s program will be at the Portage County Gardeners’ Center 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio (Rootstown area) on June 17 at 1p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Her topic–The Junk Garden — is more recently called The “Up-cycled” Garden… It is using recycled or repurposed materials in the garden for containers, focal points, garden art, etc. A purely visual inspiration session may spark your gardening spirit in trying something new, meanwhile helping the environment.

Lunch at noon by reservation only for non- members is at a cost of $7.00. Make your checks or money orders payable to the Portage County Gardener’s and mail it to Marilyn Tyger 2306 Mahoning Rd. Deerfield, Oh 44411. For members lunch is as usual. Membership information is available by calling Diane Jendrasik 330-923-0570.

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Champion - WOW 2014 – World Of Wildlife Bicycle Tour – will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The tenth year for this event includes 20-, 40- and 68-mile routes. Riders will use the Trumbull and Ashtabula County portions of the Western Reserve Greenway for most of their miles, especially the 20- and 40-miles routes. The first and last miles use public roads. Event registration will occur at the Trumbull Campus of Kent State University in Champion, 7:30-10 a.m. The deadline for advanced registration is May 17, 2014, including T-shirt orders. Day-of registrations are welcome.

The Greenway passes through large sections of premier wetlands, home to much wildlife and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Riders might see a ground hog, deer, river otter, beaver or, for those really observant, a bald eagle or native black bear. Participants will also pass through the Mosquito Lake Wildlife Area where an observation deck has been erected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Food and beverages will be provided at rest stops along the route and at the conclusion of the ride. Western Reserve Greenway Bike Patrol volunteers will assist riders along the route. Ride proceeds benefit the Trumbull County portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Phase Four. Ride organizers are conducting a raffle to raise additional funds, with prizes donated by Bike Nashbar, one of the event sponsors, and other area merchants and organizations. Tickets will be available at registration. Prizes will be drawn the day of the ride, but winners need not be present. For more information, a registration brochure and directions, visit our website at http://trumbullmetroparks.org/pages/WOW, or phone 330-647-3666.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is moving closer to changing the club meeting time and location, partly in hopes of  becoming more accessible to more local  residents and business people.  The prospect of having lunchtime meetings at Cal’s II would seem to have advantages and may well be tried this summer, when  the Hiram College Dining Hall may not be available.  Parking is also part of the consideration.  Discussion continues.

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With summer almost here and the weather taking a turn for the better, I can’t help but think about the various ways to spend a summer. Every year around this time I secretly make a wish to be transported to a country music video with the laid back parties, the girls who don’t seem to sweat and the non-existent bugs. Sadly though, my life is not a Little Big Town song and I live in sticky, buggy Ohio. Groan.  Fear not, we are able to leave this state and I am here to help with your travel plans! Luckily I have a good amount of spare time and conducted a very unscientific study based upon my own opinions and experiences to help guide you away from making the wrong choice for your next vacay. See below for reviews of three popular vacation choices.

Disney World: A perpetually popular choice filled with fun, food and creepy characters that only wave but never speak. What’s up with that? If you’re planning on going to DW this summer DO NOT go in August…you will be miserable and your kids will grow up resenting you. Trust me. Furthermore, if you do not have kids why would you want to go? There are other resorts that are adults only and offer unlimited food and drinks. Go there. To those traveling with kids and want to numb the pain, Disney World does serve alcohol. Just ask and a non-verbal Mickey Mouse will point (wave) you in the right direction. Drink up!

Cruises.  Superb choice for those of you who just want to relax and sip a few Pina Coladas. In fact if you’re the type of person who would be content with lying in the sun, having your meals cooked for you, enjoying nightly world-class entertainment and being able to swim with dolphins or parasail over the ocean then cruising is for you! However, if you’re the type of traveler who likes to sleep late and not be constrained by time then don’t be so quick to book that cabin. When the ship says they leave at 3:00, they leave at 3:00 with or without you. I’ve never missed a boat but I’ve come close (hey, it’s hard to walk away from the duty-free stores!). Should you miss your ship then too bad for you! Good luck getting to the next port sans extra money, passport or any means of contacting the outside world but thanks for the extra entertainment you  provided by flailing your arms and screaming at the ship to “STOP STOP STOP”. Bye, see you in Barbados!

Camping: A solid pick for those of you who want to be at one with nature for your time off. Camping is nice because you can customize your trip and be as Paul Bunyan-like as you chose. With that in mind, your entire vacation will still be outdoors and you still have to sleep on the ground shielded by thin nylon  (hope it doesn’t rain), cook all of your meals and, if modest, go without bathing until you get home. If that sounds like fun, by all means set up camp and have at it. While you’re there, and I assume, making s’mores, I like my marshmallows slightly burned. Thank you in advance.

Whichever vacation you chose you’re sure to have an awesome time…if you can remember it (I’m looking at you, Caribbean Cruise 2012). Keep me posted on your plans!

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Shelby is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she studied Communications. She currently works as a legal assistant so that she may fund her extreme shopping addiction. Shelby enjoys writing, staying up-to-date on the latest pop culture news, travelling, baking (not cooking; she cannot cook), and figuring out a way to break into the Public Relations field even if it kills her.

 

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May 7, 6:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.  Know your precinct; call the Board of Elections, if you need to find this information.  Bring your government-issued I.D. (driver’s license) or utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government document or check– with your address.  Exercise your RIGHT to VOTE.  Memorial Day is coming; the people we honor then have given you this privilege, honor them now with a vote.

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As a Santa collector, my curiosity grew with my collection. When I was a child he was mystical and mysterious but I could not wait to drive to Huntington, WV  every year in early December to see him. In those days that was quite a trip from our farm in the country.

What is his origin? I suppose we should start  with the original St. Nicholas. He was born during the third century in the village of Patara, then a Greek area, now known as Turkey. His wealthy parents died when he was still young. His parents had been strong Christians and he wanted to obey Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor”.  He used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his Cathedral Church. Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of his life and deeds. These accounts help us to understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved.

The first Europeans to arrive in the new world brought the story of St. Nicholas with them. On his first voyage,Columbus named a Haitian port for St. Nicholas on December 6, 1492. In Florida, Spaniards named an early settlement St. Nicholas Ferry, now known as Jacksonville.

In the 1600’s the Puritans made it illegal, however, to mention St. Nicholas’ name. People were not allowed to exchange gifts, light a candle, or sing Christmas carols. This was due to the colonists being largely Protestant.

In the 17th century Dutch immigrants brought with them the legend of Sinter Klaas. This was the inspiration for the American version of Santa Claus.

1773: Santa first appeared in the media as St. A Claus.

1804: The New York Historical Society was founded, with St. Nicolas as its patron saint. Its members engaged in the Dutch practice of gift giving at Christmas.

1821: William Gilley printed a poem about  Santa Claus who was dressed in fur and drove a sleigh drawn by a single reindeer.

1822 : Dentist Clement Clarke Moore is believed by many to have written a poem which became known as “The Night Before Christmas.”

1841: J.W. Parkinson, a Philadelphia merchant, hired a man to dress up in a “Criscringle” outfit and climb the chimney of his store.

1863: Illustrator Thomas Nast created images of Santa for the Christmas editions of Harper’s Magazine. These continued through the 1890’s.

1860’s: President Abraham Lincoln asked Nast to create a drawing of Santa with some Union Soldiers. This image of Santa supporting the enemy had a demoralizing influence on the Confederate army – an early example of psychological warfare.

1897: Francis P. Church, Editor of the New York Sun, wrote an editorial in response to a letter from an eight year old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon. It has become known as the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter.

1920’s: The image of Santa had been standardized to protray a bearded, over-weight, jolly man dressed in a red suit with white trim.

1931: Haddon Dundblom, illustrator for The Coca Cola company drew a series of Santa images in their Christmas advertisements until 1964.

1939 : Copywriter Robert L. May of the Montgomery Ward Company created a poem about Rudolph the ninth reindeer.

1949: Johnny Marks wrote the song “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Through history St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, St. A Claus, or Santa Claus has remained a large part of our celebration of Christmas for the young as well as young at heart.

Geauga County – Start the New Year off right by making your house a Safe and Healthy Home!
You don’t have to wait until spring to start your spring cleaning!  Hopefully most of us would never describe our homes as “hazardous”, but many of the products we use every day are actually toxic.  Are you curious about the contents of your cabinets?  Let’s see… bleach, lighter fluid, batteries, compact florescent bulbs, drain cleaner, bug spray, paint, bathroom cleaners, wood polish, motor oil…  YIKES!  A quick walk-through of your home can prove to be enlightening yet frightening!  Believe it or not the average U.S. household accumulates as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste over time.  So without even realizing it, our ordinary home can be extraordinarily toxic.
The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) encourages you to start off the New Year with a commitment to reduce the hazardous waste in your home, making it safer, healthier, and ultimately happier.  The District is teaming up with the Geauga County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, and the Geauga County Storm Water Task Force to provide a Household Habits for Healthy Waters program.  This program will provide a deeper understanding of hazardous products and their proper use, storage, and disposal.  We’ll also discuss ways to reduce and prevent toxic hazards at home and how to be prepared if you do have an emergency.
Join us on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Donald W. Meyer Center at Big Creek Park (9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024) for a unique opportunity to learn to “clean up and green up” your home, garage and yard. 
All are welcome to this free and informative program.  Light refreshments will be provided and participants will create a nontoxic household cleaner to take home.  “Green giveaways” and free resources will also be distributed.  Don’t miss this chance to de-tox your digs and protect your posse!  For more information and to register for the program, please call 440-834-1122 ext. 2 or email gprunty@geaugaswcd.com.  Registration deadline is Monday, January 9th. 

Scholarship Applications Being AcceptedApply NowChiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce that they will be offering a scholarship to senior athletes at James A Garfield High School for the fourth year. The scholarship will be for $725. It may be used as the student needs. Applications are available at the Chiropractic Office or through the school counselor.
Ravenna Summerfest Vendors & Crafters NeededRegister NowThe Ravenna Summerfest is June 18th from 10 am – 4 pm. We are currently looking for vendors and crafters to add to the days activities and car show.  Please contact Barb @ 330-2974-6684; Becky @ 330-296-1233 or Susie @ 330-296-3779
Produce Vendors NeededRegister NowThe Garrettsville Curtains up Theatre is planning their 2011 Farmers Market. They are currently looking for PRODUCE vendors.  Please contact Jackie Loreta-Rinearson at 216-375-0709 or email her at rinearson05@frontier.com. The market will be held Wednesdays from late July through early October.
Garrettsville’s 18th Annual Community Yard Sale RegistrationThrough May 16Get your treasure put on the  Yard Sale map! Registration for the community yard sale is DUE by May 16th.  Registration fee is $10 and includes advertising, signs and maps. The yard sale will be held May 21 & 22 and is sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Permits are also available to those who would like to set-up at Freedom Park or in the parking lot at Sky Lanes.  For more info please call 330-527-5222
Seeking Artisans!Register NowThe DMRC’s 3rd Annual Art on the Hill is seeking artisans for their day-long event which will take place on July 9, 2011 in Mantua. Artisans will line both sides of Prospect Street selling and displaying their handmade works of art. Booth fee is $45. There will also be continuous live entertainment, a Chinese auction, foods and much more! For more information call Christine at 330-414-6486 or download an application at mantuashalersvillechamber.com
Senior CombineRegister By June 10The 2011 Hiram College Senior Combine is for athletes who are entering the 12th grade as of the fall of 2011. Our Senior Com¬bine is a two day camp held on June 24 & 25 and is designed to inform you on Hiram’s academic programs, campus living, football program and the camp will include individual skill and technique drills along with a combine (40 yard dash, bench press, broad jump, pro-shuttle). The overnight camper registration deadline is June 10th, 2011. There is open enrollment for day campers. To register online: https://hiram.wufoo.com/forms/senior-combine-registration/ To register by mail: send camp form and cash/check/money order to: Hiram College Athletics, P.O. Box 1777, Hiram, OH 44234
Freedom Township Brush Pick up1st Monday of MonthFreedom Township will be doing their monthly brush pickup the first Monday of the month. Residents must call 330-527-4094 or 330 527-7414 prior to 8 am Monday morning to arrange for pickup.  Twigs, branches and brush (no garbage) will be picked up curbside.
Fire Dept Chicken DinnerMay 6The Parkman Fire and Rescue Association in conjunction with local Amish schools proudly announce their  Chicken Dinner on May 6th serving 5 to 8 p.m. at the Community House in Parkman. Tickets are Pre-Sale ONLY.  Adults $14; Children 12 and under $7. Make checks payable to: Parkman Fire and Rescue. Send check or money order to: Joan Dillon, 12709 Nelson Ledge Rd, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Tickets can be mailed to you (include SASE) or held at the door. Questions? Call Chuck or Joan at 440-548-7541.
American Poetry In SongMay 6Please join us for a free concert on Friday, May 6th, 7:30 pm. At the Hiram College Hayden Auditorium. “Ascending the Abyss to Eternity: American Poetry in Song”?Settings of poetry by Sara Teasdale and Walt Whitman?by composers/performers Dawn Sonntag, soprano and Jonathon Kolm, piano?with Willard P. Greenwood II, Associate Professor of English, Hiram College. ?There will be a post-concert discussion with the artists.
Rummage & Bake SaleMay 6 & 7The Nelson United Methodis Church will be having their annual spring rummage and bake sale on May 6 from 9 am – 5 pm and May 7th from 9 am to Noon.  The church is located at 9367 SR 305 on Nelson Circle.  We will be having bag day all day on clothing;  if you have any questions please feel free to call the church at 330 527-2268.
Windham Lions Sausage Sandwich SaleMay 6 & 7The Windham Lions will hold their next sandwich sale of 2011 in the Sparkle Market parking lot in Windham, May 6th and 7th.  As always the menu consists of Italian sausage or steak sandwiches and soft drinks. Sandwiches are  only $ 4.00 They are hot, juicy and fresh off the grill. Hours are 9am to 7pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All profits will be used for sight related causes and local community needs. Please stop by and support the dedicated, hard working Windham Lions.
G-MEN Baseball Flower SaleMay 7The Garfield HS Baseball Team will be holding its annual Plant/Flower Sale on Saturday May 7th from 9am to 5pm. We will be located in Rite Aid parking lot. Hanging baskets, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, vegetable plants and several other varieties provided by Pochedly’s Greenhouse. Sponsored by J.A. Garfield All Sports Boosters.
“Footprints From Cincinnati Home”May 7Newton Falls’ resident and runner, Arthur Dunn will speak about his new book, Footprints From Cincinnati Home on Saturday, May 7 at 1 pm  The book tells of the 71 year-old’s healing journey after the death of his wife of forty-nine years to pancreatic cancer. He resolved to confront his sense of loss with a journey through the heartland of Ohio. Free tickets can be picked up at the Newton Falls Library’s circulation desk.
Field FiestaMay 7A Day of Fun Childhood Games will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 2pm-4pm at the Hiram College Kennedy Center. All elementary school aged children are welcome to attend! Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to 4Cs food pantry of Mantua
Newton Falls Elementary School Spring CarnivalMay 7Bring the whole family for Food. Games, and Prizes on  Saturday, May 7 from 2pm-5 pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese Auction.  The auction will have baskets and gift certificates for all.  Location:  Newton Falls Elementary School, 909 1?2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls OH 44444
Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Sheila GibsonMay 7Sheila was a cook at Cal’s for many years. She was a past madame president, honorary mother and member of the  at the Garrettsville Eagles for many years also. We are having a benefit dinner. $8.00 a person on Saturday, May 7th from 4-8 at the Eagles Club for Sheila. We are accepting donations for a Chinese Auction. For more information, please contact Teresa at 330-647-8643.
Spring Drive-It-Yourself TourMay 7Geauga County Tourism’s Annual Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour, Saturday, May 7. Participants can get a list of all of the stops, their activities and a map, by calling the Geauga County Tourism Office 440-632-1538 or 800-775-TOUR, online at www.TourGeauga.com or at any of the participating members
Parents Without Partners “Birthday Dance”May 7In celebration of the chapter’s 37th year, Portage County Chapter #600 members invite non-members, former members and alumni to join them for their “Birthday Party” dance theme on May 7 from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at Kent VFW Post #3703, 500 VFW Parkway.
Entertaiment Is An ArtMay 7Trumbull Art Gallery and the Upton House are sponsoring a table-setting competition, complete with a sidewalk floral sale and refreshments, on  May 7th, from 11:00 to 4:00 PM.  The gift shop, with its many unique items will also be open.  The entry fee for the contest is $15.  Admission fee to see the show is also $15 (if you are not entering the contest).  The 1st place winner receives $100; 2nd place prize is $50; 3rd place is $25. For more information, or to enter the competition, please contact TAG at 330-395-4876.
Run For Hope 5K & 1 Mile Walk / RunMay 7New Hope Christian Fellowship, 11051 E. Washington St.  Auburn, OH  44023, will be sponsoring a Run For Hope on Saturday, May 7th 8:30 am (1 mile start) 9:00 (5K start).  Awards, Food & Refreshments, Games, Music. T-shirts to all pre-registered participants. All proceeds to benefit New Beginnings International Training Center in Jamaica. For more details and to register visit www.hmapromotions.net or call 440-476-9951.
NF Soccer Sign upsMay 7, 14 & 21NFYSL sign ups will be Saturdays May 7, 14, 21 at the community center stone pavilion from 11-1. Sign up forms will be available at the following locations:  Family Video, Positive Images, and Newton Falls Public Library and can be mailed to NFYSL, PO Box 305, Newton Falls OH 44444. The cut off date for mail-ins is May 28. There will be no exceptions. There will be no  online signups this  year but forms are available to print at www.nfysl44444.org
Mothers Day BuffetMay 8Garrettsville Eagles, # 2705, 8149 Water Street will be hosting a Mothers Day Breakfast Buffet on May 8th, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  ALL MOTHERS EAT FREE!Under 5 free, 5-12  $3.00,  12 & over $6.00 Open to public
Pricetown SupperMay 11The next home cooked supper at Pricetown Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Rd, Newton Falls, will feature: Individual Chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes & gravy, fresh roll, salad, homemade dessert and beverage. This will be held from 5 to 6:30pm, Wednesday, May 11. Cost $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children  6 to 12 years and free for children 5 years and younger. Carryouts will be available. This will be the last supper until September.
All County Chambers Business After HoursMay 11Meet the Geauga County area business owners and find out what products and services we offer. Join us at Morningstar Church on SR 44 (just south of US 322) on Wednesday May 11th from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Free admission – open to the public
Mayfield United Methodist Church Rummage SaleMay 12-14The spring rummage sale, including a bake sale, will take place on May 12 from 9 am – 4:30 pm; May 13 9 am – 7:30 pm; and May 14 (Bag Day) 9 am – Noon, at the Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland (corner of Caves and Mayfield).
Attracting Birds and Butterflies To Your Garden  May 12Join Master Gardener, Paula Palaima, to learn how attracting birds and butterflies to your garden is an important beginning to protecting the larger ecosystem.   You will take home ideas for designing a bird and butterfly haven which will bring color, motion, sweet melody and hours of entertainment to your backyard.  $15 fee.  Class runs from 11 am – Noon.  Light refreshments and handouts included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register.   Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton.  View a list of MG class offerings:  http://geauga.osu.edu/
Roy Pancost & FriendsMay 12For music lovers everywhere…Roy Pancost and Friends are playing at “The Pines” at Brooks House Assisted Living Community. . . and you’re invited!  The band will present an hour of music on Thursday, May 12th at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served, and it’s free!  Brooks House is located at 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, Ohio.  We’re about 5 miles north of Hiram, or about 1 mile south of SR 422 (in Troy Township.) Come join us! Put a spring in your step and a smile on your face! Questions?  Call Christine at (440)834-0260, ext. 4.
Grassroots Community Gardeners Plant SaleMay 13 & 14The Grassroots Community Gardeners will be holding their 8th annual plant sale on May 13th from 10 am – 5 pm and May 14th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Nelson Community House located on the Circle. Perennial, Annuals, Herbs & more will be available starting at $1.
Grooming & Showmanship ClinicMay 14Attention Donkey & Mule Owners: finally clinics designed exclusively for longears Grooming & Showmanship Clinic to be held on  May 14,2011 in Montville.Minimal Fees, for more details contact: 440-729-0347 or hdncrkqh@windstream.net Supported by the Donkey & Mule Association of the Western Reserve (DMAofWR) www.donkeyandmuleassociation.com
Scotch Doubles For RFCMay 14Tickets are available for a scotch doubles being held at Sky Lanes on May 14th. Tickets are $30 per couple and include 3 games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, pop. Chinese Auction. There is a free drawing for 5 Scotch Doubles tickets at RFC.
Let’s Go Fly A KiteMay 14Kids ages 5-12 can build, decorate and fly a kite on May 14th from 10 am – Noon. Cost is $2. Program will be held at Renessaince Family Center.
Vendors Wanted For Community Garage SaleRegister for May 14Vendors are wanted for a community garage sale being held on May 14th at the American Legion Hall located in Burton.  For more information please call Mike Karlinsky at 440 286-1202.
American Legion Post 459 Community Garage Sale May 14The American Legion Post 459 located on Goodwin Street will be holding a community garage sale on May 14th from 8 am – 1 pm. Set-up time is 7:30 am. For more information please contact Mike at 440-286-1202
“Something Old Is New Again”May 14Wishing you could do something with all the rain we’ve been having? Attend Rain Barrels – “Something old is new again” presented by the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District on Saturday, May 14, 1 pm at the Newton Falls library. Learn how easy it is to recycle the rain, go green and save green!
Garrettsville Youth Football Signups May 14 & 21Sign up for the Garrettsville Youth Football program will be held on May 14th and 21st  from 10-12 at the Village Park. Children ages  6-12 not turning 13 by August 1 are eligible. Cost is $85 per child.  If your child did not play last year we will need a copy of their birth certificateFor information please call Teresa: 330-647-8643
Re-Creation To PerformMay 15Re-Creation, a group of dynamic young people who present both religious and family-oriented music will be performing at the Windham United Methodist Church  on N. Main Street at 7 p.m.  on May 15th. All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti DinnerMay 15K of C Council #3350 is having an All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner on Sunday, May15th, 2011 at Saint Mary’s social hall (120 Maple Dr. Newton Falls)  from Noon  to 3 pm.Dinner includes: Spaghetti, meatballs, italian bread, salad, coffee or punch, and dessert. Carry outs available. Adults:$6.50; Children:$3.00(6-11); Children:Free (5 & under); For any additional information please contact: Jim Burns (330)-883-0575, Tom Fetock (330)-872- 5886, Matt Stimac (330)-872-7865
Republican Women’s Club MeetingMay 16You and your guests are invited to the monthly meeting of the Portage County Republican Women’s Club on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Cal’s Restaurant & Pizza Express, 8301 Windham Street, Garrettsville, OH 44231. Guest Speaker will be Matthew Slater from Kent Freedom House. If you have any questions please contact Jeneen at 330 687-4067.
Flag Retirement CeremonyMay 19Cub Scout Pack 62 of Garrettsville will be collecting worn and damaged U.S flags for their flag retirement ceremony on May 19th.  If you have a flag that needs to be retired, please contact Dave or Chris Schaefer at 330-274-0572.
Newton Falls Kiwanis Geranium SaleMay 20The Newton Falls Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Geranium Sale on May 20 at the Family Video parking lot located at 175 E. Broad Street. The price for a potted geranium is $3.40.  If you have questions or wish to pre-order, call Tom Palmer, 330 872-1617 Monday – Thursday, 9 – 5. NFalls Plant ExchangeMay 21Join us on May 21 from 9 am til noon at the Jaycee Pavillion on Center Street in Newton Falls Park for FREE PLANTS!  It’s easy to participate, just bring at least 6 perennial plants to trade with other gardeners, more plants are always welcome.  Fancy pots not required, any old box or bag will do. This year there will be garden-related vendors in addition to good company and great conversation! Call Kris at 330-883-3206 or Susan at 330-872-7819 for details and questions.
Live ComediansMay 21Live comedians will appear on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 – 9:00 at the Garrettsville’s Eagles Club on Water Street. Buy your advance tickets for $5.00 or at the door  for $10.00. Limited seating. Call Jackie@ 216-375-0709 for your tickets. Amateur comedians wishing to participate for the $200.00 prize contact Jackie for entry instructions.
Library SproutsMay 21Library Sprouts Planting Day for ages 6 – 12 years will be on Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am. Help Miss Chrissy plant seeds and plants in our library garden. Don’t miss the chance to grow your food from start to finish. Register starting May 1 at the Newton Falls Library. The garden can be enjoyed when the community is invited to the library’s Seed To Table expo on Saturday, June 4 from 1 – 3 pm.  Make a metal row marker and biodegradable plant pot, learn about gardening, taste good food and more.
Garrettsville Area Yard SaleMay 21 & 22Make plans now — mark it on your calendar — the annual Garrettsville Area Yard Sale sponsored by the Garrettsville Area Chamber  will take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.  Watch the Villager for details.
NF Girls Basketball FundraiserMay 22Amvets in Newton Falls is hosting a Fundraising Breakfast to help support the Newton Falls Girl’s Basketball Team.  Breakfast will be held at Amvets in Newton Falls on May 22nd from  8 am-12 pm. Cost:  $6.00 Adults  $4.00 Kids
Tearing Down The Walls TourMay 22The Cardinal Christian Club will present “Tearing Down the Walls Tour,” on Saturday, May 22nd featuring three national stars of Christian rock: Seventh Day Slumber, Stellar Kart and Kiros. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Middle School in Middlefield. Doors open at 5 p.m.. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Crestwood Youth Football & Cheerleading Sign-upsMay 22Sign-ups for the Crestwood Youth Football League will be held at the Crestwood High School Field House on May 22 from Noon – 4 p.m.  Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Registration fee of $120 due at sign-ups; discounts for multiple children are available. Football players MUST reside in the Crestwood School district. Season starts August 1.  Questions? Call Scott Vyhnal at 330-858-9597 or online at www.leaguelineup.com/cyf-tyfl
M-O-M / T-A-TMay 22Get ready.  It’s coming.  Machine-O-Mania / Touch-a-Truck will be at J. A. Garfield High School on Sunday, May 22.  The Time Bandit and its crew will be there–have your picture taken!  Emergency vehicles, big rigs, all of the bells, whistles, sirens, ladders and apparatus a kid could want to see…or hear. Make your plans now to be there…with bells on, if you like. Sponsored by the Garfield Academic Challenge/ Quiz Masters team
Personal Finance at the LibraryMay 25Bruce & Susan Bennett are presenting the program “Personal Finance at the Library” on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Chardon Library, 110 East Park Street, on-the-square in Chardon. In their presentation Bruce and Susan compare the methods of several well-known authors such as Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman and David Bach.  The Bennetts will give you the pros and cons of each method so you can determine the one that will work best for you and your family. Call the library at 440-285-7601 and ask for the Reference Desk to reserve your seat for this dynamic presentation.  This program is free and open to the public.
Garfield PTO Rummage SaleMay 28The Garfield PTO Rummage Sale has moved to the INTERMEDIATE School located at 8233 Park Avenue, Garrettsville. The sale will take place Sat., May 28th from 9 am to 3 pm.  Donations can be dropped off at the Event door of the INTERMEDIATE School, Sun, May 22 from 3-7; Tues, May 24 from 3 – 6; Thurs, May 26 from 3 – 6 and Fri, May 27, from 3 to 9.  Please call Heather Huter, 440-548-5930 with questions.
Burton Memorial Day ServiceMay 30American Legion Post 459  invites the public to attend a Memorial Day Service on May 30th beginning at 11 am on the Burton Square Gazebo.  For additional information contact Newell Beaumier at 440-834-8764
Newton Falls Lady Tiger Basketball CampMay 31 – June 4All girls entering grades 3-8 are invited to attend basketball camp being held at the  Newton Falls High School Gym on May 31st to June 4th. Cost: $40  Make Checks Payable to Newton Falls High School c/o Girls Basketball. For More Information Contact Coach Baker at 330-872-5121     Ext:  7383  Or Email At:   Mark.Baker@neomin.org
Take a Kid Fishing DayJune 4Portage County Take a Kid Fishing at Lake Hodgson is a free day open to Portage County boys and girls accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 years and younger are eligible for door prizes. There will be a hot dog roast after the event. Participants need to bring a fishing pole, bait and tackle. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is May 2nd, or the first 200 parent/child teams registered. The fishing day will take place on June 4th from 7am-noon. To register call (330) 296-2864 weekdays.
Little Tigers Golf ScrambleJune 4The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting a 4-man scramble golf outing on June 4, 2011 at the Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course. There will be an 8:00 a.m. shotgun with registration starting at 7:00. The price is $65.00 per person and will include golf, golf cart, three meals, and beverages. There will be prizes on every hole, 50/50 raffle, skins, and poker chipping.  To sign up please contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-872-7027 or Heather Lindsey at the Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course @ 330-654-4100.
Garfield Class of 1976 ReunionJune 4The Garfield Class of 1976 35th reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4.  We’re still working on the details (like where it will be) but we would like to contact as many Class of 76 members as we can.  So if you graduated in 1976 or if you know someone who did, please get us contact information!  You can e-mail Gwynne (Laning) D’Amico at gal31658@aol.com or call Barb (Wensel) Deakins at (440) 548-5082 or join the “Garfield Class of 1976” on Facebook.
Little Tigers Golf OutingJune 4The Newton Falls Little Tigers will be hosting their 2nd annual golf outing scramble at the Olde Dutch Mill Golf course on June 4th. The outing will be an 8:00 shot gun start with registration starting at 7:00 a.m..The first 144 golfers will be accepted.The price is $65.00 per person and will include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beverages. There will also be 50/50, poker chipping, and raffles. For information or to donate please  contact Ron Wilcox @ 330-872-7027 or Heather Lyndsey at the Olde Dutch Mill @ 330-654-4100.
Hiram College Terrier Youth Football CampJune 13-15Hiram College Football is having a youth football camp kids going into 3rd grade thru 8th grade on June 13-15.  The camp will take place on the campus of Hiram College beginning at 9 am and ending at 3 pm.   Activities include agilities, skill development, competitions and instruction from Hiram College coaches and players.  More information can be found at www.hiram.edu in the athletics/football section or by calling 330-569-5446.
Ravenna SummerfestJune 18Mark your calendar and make plans now to attend the Ravenna Summerfest on June 18th. Car show, food vendors, entertainment on courthouse lawn. Steve Cipriano will DJ
Ravenna Parks & Rec Safety TownJune 20 – 24Register early for Ravenna Parks and Recreation’s Safety Town, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will be introduced to safety awareness in a week-long program, June 20 to June 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Willyard School.  Participants will learn safety procedures and simulated situations related to traffic, pedestrian, water, weather, animal, fire, stranger, drugs & poisons, playground, gun and bicycle safety.  Fee for Ravenna city taxpayers (live or work in Ravenna city)  is $35 or $40 for Non-city taxpayers.  Deadline to register is June 3. A form must be filled out in person for registration at the Parks and Recreation Department, 530 N. Freedom, 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:15 p.m., for further information contact 296-2864.
Art On The HillJuly 9The DMRC (Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation), a 501(c)(3) organization will be hosting their 3nd Annual “Art on the Hill” event on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 10AM-5PM. Artisan booth spaces are available for $45. We close Prospect Street for the day and line both sides of the street with artisans. Last year we had over 60 artisans with most reporting meeting or exceeding their sales expectation for the day! There is also a great variety of live entertainment all day long, a Chinese Auction, food vendors and much more! Applications are available online at mantuashalersvillechamber.com or by calling 330-414-6486.
2nd Annual Renaissance Car and Bike ShowAugust 27The Renaissance Family Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show.  If you are interested in participating, send your name, telephone number or email to Renaissance Family Center 9005 Wilverne Dr. Windham, Oh 44288.

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West Farmington – Caraline Nelson, daughter of John & Diane Nelson, of Burton, Ohio, was installed to lead the W. Farmington Rainbow Assembly #116 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls during its spring term as Worthy Advisor.  Cara has chosen “Veggie Tales” as her theme for the term; her motto is “God is bigger than the Boogieman.”  Her mascots are ducks, symbols are bubbles & bunnies; colors: tomato red, carrot orange, squash yellow, and cucumber green; her flower is the carnation, and her scripture is Psalm 56:3.  Her projects for the term are to donate to the Gabe’s My Heart Chemo Duck Program, Relay for Life, and to participate in the statewide project Honor Flights. Social events include: Cleveland Zoo, Statewide Dance, Tri-Youth Day, Car Wash, and doughnut and sub sandwich sales.
Serving as installing officer for the day was Miss Katie Nevison, Past Worthy Advisor of W. Farmington Assembly and Grand Confidential Observer.  She was assisted by Brittany Strickland as Installing Chaplain, Helen Hedrick as Installing Marshal and Kate Faler as Installing Recorder.
The other officers installed for the term are: Sister of Charity – Haley Spangler, Sister of Hope – Tina Murray, Treasurer – Katie Nevison, Drill Leader – Rachael Bickford, Confidential Observer – Audrey Drago, Outer Observer – Sara Sieczkowski, and Choir members: Katie Jackson, Samandra Hopkins, & Caitlyn Jones.  Also John Nelson IV was crowned Assembly Beau for 2011.
Rainbow Girls are girls between the ages of 11 – 20 who want to give service to their community, build strong leadership and public speaking skills, and make life-long friends.  The assembly also sponsors Iris Pledge Group for girls ages 7-10 for girls to learn about service, patriotism, and fun fellowship.
The assembly now meets at the Burton Masonic Complex on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 10:00am in Burton, Ohio.  All Master Masons, OES, Amaranth, White Shrine of Jerusalem and majority members are encouraged to come at and visit them at their new location.  For more information about W. Farmington assembly or information on how you can join this premiere character building & service organization for girls please visit their website at: www.mastermason.com/WFarmington116 or call their Mother Advisor, Roxanne York, at (330) 240-5116.